Everything Has Changed – Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran

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Hey all! In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to play “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran. This song uses 5 basic chords and, once we break it down, the strumming pattern’s not too difficult either.

Before we get started, I should tell you that we’re learning this song in standard tuning (so you DON’T need to retune your guitar). If you want to play with the original recording, you need to make each string 1 semi-tone lower. That means your E should become E flat (or D sharp… they’re the same note), your A becomes A flat, etc.

The lesson begins with the chord shapes needed to play the verse: G, Em, C, D. I show you each shape, then I go over some tips and tricks for switching from one to the other. After that we practice playing them in order with a very simple rhythm. Following that we learn the strumming pattern, which is 2x longer than most. The best way to learn a strumming pattern like this is to break it down and count it out. We do exactly that and then we’re ready to put it together with the chord shapes.

Once we’ve played through the verse with the strumming pattern, the rest of the song is a cinch. All we need to do is learn 1 more chord shape: Am. And then it’s just a matter of playing the chords in different orders for each section.

Verse: G, Em, C, D
Pre-Chorus: G, Am, C, Em D
Chorus: G, Em, D, C
Bridge: Em, C, G, D

We practice each of those sections together, slower than the recording, so you’ll get plenty of chances to work on those switches and that pattern!

Enjoy!
James